Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as well as a distinguished senior fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe. He is the author of Obama's Challenge and other books.

Recent Articles

Thank You Mr. President:

Dear Mr. President,

I didn't vote for you, but you keep making my day.

The liberal magazine that I edit, The American Prospect, has doubled its circulation since last fall. Your administration is slavishly pro-business--but it's also good for our business.

The more you keep pursuing policies that most people think are nuts, the more people are eager to find alternatives. Imagine, cutting taxes on the richest one percent of Americans, instead of giving ordinary people secure health care and good schools.

Democrats Must Regroup to Fight Tax Cut

Propelled by Alan Greenspan's sudden conversion, George W. Bush's crusade for a
massive general tax cut seems all but unstoppable. The Democrats need to offer
something better, and fast, or we will soon have Reagan II.

Help The Poor Instead of The Rich

What else might we accomplish if we didn't give back 1.6 trillion dollars in tax cuts,
about half of the money to millionaires? For starters, we could end poverty in America
- by making sure that work pays a living wage and that children don't pay the price
when mothers work.

In 1996, President Clinton and the Republican Congress ended welfare as we knew it. Welfare
was replaced with a new program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This
compromise put time limits on public assistance and required recipients to find jobs - but also
added supports to help single mothers of small children succeed at work. Luckily for its
sponsors, the program coincided with an economic boom, so jobs were plentiful.

The Brutal Price of Bush's Tax Cut

The great budget surplus is evaporating. The culprit is George W. Bush's tax cut,
compounded by the economic slowdown. Seemingly, this spells bad political news for Bush. He
is having to violate his pledge that the Social Security surplus would never be tapped for general
government outlays.

Tax-Cut Battle Lost, Democrats Can't Let Up Now

In losing $1.35 trillion of federal revenue to George W. Bush's tax cut, the Democrats
lost an important battle, but maybe they haven't lost the war.

The war, in this case, is a principled conflict between two contending philosophies of
governance and the good society. Should people fend mostly for themselves or should some
needs be provided socially?